Newcastle United once again have a senior players committee.

The six players act as a link between the dressing room and management, to give feedback as well as showing leadership to others presumably.

Much was made of what happened back in the last promotion season, when the likes of Steve Harper, Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Alan Smith were given credit for helping to galvanise a demoralised squad, which ended up walking the Championship.

The same group of players then helping Newcastle to stabilise in the Premier League, with a 6-0 hammering of Villa, 5-1 Halloween thrashing of Sunderland and 1-0 win at The Emirates, highlights of the return to the top flight.

Chris Hughton said publicly what a help the senior players committee had been in helping him rebuild the team’s confidence and solidarity, only for Hughton to be sacked despite the team being in mid-table, after showing backbone when Mike Ashley was looking to diminish the role of the manager.

The senior players committee quickly followed as the likes of Nolan and Barton were dispensed with at the earliest opportunity, after crossing Ashley in a dispute over bonus payments.

It is the Chronicle who have revealed that the senior players committee is up and running again, although it is unclear whether this has been prompted by the latest disastrous season, or whether it has just been running under the radar for longer.

As for the identity of the six?

The Chronicle say that the half dozen making up the senior players committee are Daryl Janmaat, Moussa Sissoko, Fabricio Coloccini, Jack Colback, Siem de Jong and Tim Krul.

No doubt some of you will be smiling/grimacing at some of those on the list, especially if it comes to fighting their way out of the Championship…